Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24 (additional reading Psalm 79:1-13 and Proverbs 12:26)
Key Verses: 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9
There is a common desire within every person to feel successful. We often measure our worth on the basis of how successful we are. How we measure that success is often based on a worldly standard rather than a godly standard. Success by the world’s standard often means luxury, wealth, and possessions, achievements, notoriety, and fame, beauty, brains and brawn. However, if we measure our lives by the world’s standards we will have an inaccurate and incomplete view of whether or not we’re successful. God’s standard of measurement is nothing like the world’s standard.
God’s formula for success is completely unlike the world’s formula. Furthermore, His formula works for every person, in every situation, whether at school, in business, families, or church. Today we will take some of these principles from Joshua 1:6-9.
BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS
Notice the number of times God brings this command before Joshua. (v. 6, 7, 9). What is courage? Courage has several synonyms: bravery, valor, fearlessness, heroism, confidence, nerve. It also has several nicknames: guts, grit, backbone. We see courage in David when he walks into the Valley of Elah with his sling to take his stand against Goliath. We see courage when Moses stands eye to eye with Pharaoh. We see it in Elijah when he challenges the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. Courage can only be seen in the midst of conflict and struggle. Do you ever feel like you’re facing an uphill battle? Do you feel like the odds are against you? Take Courage – God is with you!
OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S COMMANDS (v. 7)
Notice how the Lord delivers this to Joshua: “Be careful to obey ALL the law….” It would be convenient if we could pick and choose which of God’s principles and laws we could follow and which we found to be too demanding and too harsh. The law that Joshua was given was very detailed, and God expected him to learn it, meditate on it, and apply it. God’s commands not to hinder us but to to give us a successful life.
SATURATION IN GOD’S WORD (v. 8 )
Mistakes are often made in life because we don’t read the instruction manual. That same principle is true when it comes to the Christian walk. Many of our mistakes could have been avoided if we had saturated ourselves in God’s word. When we try to live without consulting God’s word, it’s a deliberate, voluntary ignorance. But that ignorance will not stop us from suffering the consequences of being stupid. The wisdom we need is available. It’s not just about reading it; it’s about meditating on it and letting God’s word saturate our spirit. There is no way to express how important God’s word is to our life.
- How would you describe a successful life?
- Do you saturate your life in God’s Word?
- How can you have today with courage?
Father, Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for giving us a deeper understanding of how to live. Help us to love Your word and to live by it. In Jesus’ name, Amen